Melissa Courter are so involved, but still manage to give back to their
community in so many ways,” says Curt Johnson, Executive Director of MCCF.
Brent and Melissa Courter are not lifelong residents of our community, but
they have made this place their home. Melissa is originally from Mitchell,
IN. She later studied pharmacy at Purdue University, and now practices at
Memorial Hospital. Brent grew up in Freelandville near North Knox High
School. He studied finance at Indiana University and now serves as a local
financial advisor for many community members at Edward Jones Investments.
The couple met in 2000 on a blind date set up by their colleagues. They now
have two daughters, Kyleigh and Breanna, who keep busy with softball, cheer,
volleyball and showing their sheep in 4-H. While their free time is little
to none, the couple finds themselves attending the girl’s activities,
boating, hunting and traveling.
Melissa are involved in our community in many ways. Melissa serves on the
local Youth First board to help with fundraising, is a member of Tri Kappa,
and also holds a seat on our very own Martin County Community Foundation
Board as the Secretary. Brent is on the Vincennes University Board, East
Fork Water Board, Loogootee School Board and the Martin County Community
Foundation Finance Committee. Melissa stated, “If we are here, we might as
well be involved,” and we are so thankful they are. They established an
endowment fund for community grantmaking now and also have identified funds
as beneficiaries upon their passing, including the MCCF General Unrestricted
Fund. This unrestricted fund allows the foundation to grant money annually
to qualifying charities deemed appropriate. The result will be a steady,
renewable source of income their named beneficiaries that they’ll be able to
use in perpetuity for their needs, and that the MCCF will use for community
what motivated them to establish their fund, Brent listed three reasons.
First and foremost, giving back to the community is also giving back to
their church, which for them is the Redemption Christian Church. Second,
Martin County has blessed the Courter’s by giving their business to Edward
Jones Investments and this is a way to pay it forward. Lastly, people have
told the Courter’s about the importance of giving back to the community and
they are following in the footsteps of their successors. Their funds have
created a way for the Courter’s to leave their legacy within Martin County
and help out for good, forever. Thank you, Brent and Melissa, for giving
your hearts, time, treasures and efforts to our community and the Martin
County Community Foundation.